Preble leads after five events of 2010 NSIC multi-event championships
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Preble leads after five events of 2010 NSIC multi-event championships
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- The three-time defending Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) decathlon champion Zac Preble (Sr., Coleraine, Minn.) looks to be on his way to a fourth consecutive title.  The Bemidji State University senior leads the conference championship field by at least 23 points after the first five bouts of the 10-event decathlon accumulating 3,585 points at Swisher Field in Aberdeen, S.D.

A 2009 All-America performer in the indoor decathlon and owner of the top score of the 2010 outdoor season, Preble is on pace to break his own school record of 7,085 set as he placed fourth at the NCAA Division II Championships in San Angelo, Tex. a year ago.

Preble opened the championships placing seventh in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.32.  He followed that placing sixth with a 20-01.00 long jump.  After two events, he sat in 292 of the lead, but shot put toss of 46-09.50 in the third event out distanced the rest of the field by at least eight feet and the senior climbed to second.  Preble finished the first day of competition with back-to-back second-place finishes in the high jump (6-03.25) and the 400-meter dash (52.00) to overtake Concordia University-St. Paul’s John Pemental for the top spot on the leader board.

Bemidji State freshman Tandy Juell (Redwood Falls, Minn.) found himself with 3,170 points at the conclusion of the first day of competition.  Just 415 off the pace set by teammate Preble, Juell is in the hunt for team points sitting in sixth place.  Juell’s top performances on day one include a third-place finishes in the 100-meter dash (11.23) and shot put (37-02.25).

Northern State University is also hosting the NSIC heptathlon Sunday and Monday.  BSU’s Pearl Walker (Jr., Bemidji, Minn.) holds down 13th place among the league’s women with 2,049 points.  St. Cloud State University multi-event All-America performer Heather Miller leads the chase for the 2010 NSIC title with 3,079 after four events.

Day two of the NSIC multi-event championships continue tomorrow.  The men will compete in the 110-meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1,500-meter run, while the long jump triple jump and the 800-meter run remain for the women.  The competition will get underway at 10 a.m. at NSU’s Swisher Field.